Substance Misuse Employment Service (East Sussex)

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About the service

The Substance Misuse Employment Service supports people receiving community treatment for drug and alcohol dependence who are unemployed and living in East Sussex.

The service is provided in partnership with Change Grow Live, and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Stable employment is a key factor in reducing the effects of substance misuse on individuals, their families and local communities. This is achieved by:

  • Allowing an individual to work towards or achieve financial independence
  • Allowing an individual to reach their full potential
  • Lessening the chance of relapse

At Southdown we are committed to supporting people whilst keeping both our clients and staff safe by practicing good infection control. You can read our latest Covid-19 statement here.


How support is provided?

Support is provided through an approach called Individual Placement and Support (IPS), to support people to secure or retain paid work. This approach brings all parties together to ensure people get a job that suits their needs and their employer gains or retains an employee that can work effectively and contribute to the business.

Am I eligible?

Support is available for people aged 18 or over, living in East Sussex who are receiving treatment from Change Grow Live.


We accept referrals from Change Grow Live East Sussex teams only. Please speak to your Change Grow Live Key Worker who can refer you directly to us.

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Adam Hodgkin
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Team Manager
07581 022457